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Polygamer is an audio podcast that encourages and celebrates equality and diversity in gaming by interviewing voices pushing for change. By speaking with traditionally marginalized voices, Polygamer provides a platform to discuss problems and seek perspective on matters of sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, and more, within our industry, our community, and our games.



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Jun 17, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Jason Oda is the designer and developer of Waking , a game that uses gamers' personal memories as weapons in the fight to awaken from a coma. As players explore the landscape of their subconscious, they are prompted to meditate and reflect on their experiences, choosing the memories that will strengthen them and fight alongside them. Waking releases on Thursday, June 18, 2020 for Xbox One and Windows from tinyBuild Games. In this interview, Jason and I talk about the game's evolution from Coma...
Topics: coma, ID@Xbox, Jason Oda, Steam, tinyBuild, Waking, Windows, Xbox One
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/06/17/pg102-jason-oda/
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May 13, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Parents are raising the next generation of gamers — but let’s give some self-care to the current generation, too. How do we hold onto our identity as gamers after becoming parents? When do we find time for our favorite hobby, and how does having children change what games we’re playing? On February 29 at PAX East 2020, I moderated this panel of gamers who shared their stories of adapting to their new lives while still making time for themselves and their games. Featuring: Ken Gagne...
Topics: Duane de Four, Jeff Warmouth, Jo Shaw, Johanna Shaw, Jonathan Holmes, Nic Tompkins-Hughes, panel,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/05/13/pg101-paxparents/
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Apr 15, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Sarah Elmaleh is an actor and voiceover artist best known for her work in video games, including indie titles Gone Home, Read Only Memories, and Pyre, to AAA titles Final Fantasy XV, Gears 5, and Anthem. Her credits also include radio dramas and on-screen performances such as Hey Ash Whatcha Playin'? . Last year saw the debut of GameDev.World , an online game developers' conference that Sarah co-founded and co-organized. She has most recently appeared in Night Studios' Afterparty, released last...
Topics: acting, Afterparty, Final Fantasy XV, GameDev.World, GDC, Gears 5, Gone Home, Mark Hamill, Sarah...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/04/15/pg100-sarah-elmaleh/
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Mar 18, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Dana Plank is a ludomusicologist, devoted to the study of video game music and sound. She has researched how game audio is used to represent disability, sensuality, gender, and exoticism, and she has been interviewed for books, podcasts, and MAGFest panels about games including Final Fantasy VI, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario RPG. Her current studies include Celeste; That Dragon, Cancer; and Untitled Goose Game. She is also a co-organizer of the North American Conference On Video Game...
Topics: audio, Dana Plank, ludomusicologist, ludomusicology, music, musicologess, musicologist, musicology,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/03/18/pg99-dr-dana-plank/
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Feb 12, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Nic Tompkins-Hughes has been a freelance writer, company administrator, and panel moderator in the games industry. They are currently raising the next generation of gamers, empowering them to explore gaming, gender, sexuality, and orientation on their own terms. Nic also identifies as transmasculine and is transitioning to non-binary, enjoying the newfound confidence that comes with realizing their true self. In this podcast, Nic and Ken talk about retaining your identity while being a parent;...
Topics: Nic Tompkins-Hughes, non-binary, parenting, parents, transgender
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/02/12/pg98-nic-tompkins-hughes/
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Jan 22, 2020 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Carly Kocurek is an associate professor of digital humanities and media studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her work in the analysis and preservation of games includes Save Point , a zine about the history of video games whose second issue is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter . She is also researching the "Games for Girls" movement of the 1990s, courtesy a grant from the National Science Foundation. In this podcast interview, we discuss why a zine is a format...
Topics: academia, archive, Barbie, Brenda Laurel, Carly Kocurek, crowdfunding, education, Girls for Games,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2020/01/22/pg97-dr-carly-kocurek/
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Dec 11, 2019 Ken Gagne of Gamebits
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Caspian Whistler is the founder and creative director of A Profound Waste of Time , an independent magazine inspired by video games. Each issue is available in hardcopy only, and each page is uniquely illustrated, combining prose and design from renowned gaming journalists, critics, and developers into a thoughtful collection of essays. The first issue of APWOT shipped in 2018 following a successful Kickstarter campaign, with the Kickstarter for the second issue currently underway. In this...
Topics: A Profound Waste of Time, APWOT, Caspian Whistler, dyslexia, Kickstarter, magazine
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/12/11/pg96-caspian-whistler/
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Nov 13, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Jessica Hebert is a placentologist and nerdy musician with the PDX Broadsides, a Portland, Oregon-based pop-folk trio. Their recent, debut East Coast tour featured songs about Nathan Fillion, Settlers of Catan, and mental health. Jessica is now back home, where she continues her work studying the role of the placenta (the human body's only temporary organ!) on gestational diabetes. In this podcast interview, Jessica and I chat about the PDX Broadsides' piratical origin, their creative...
Topics: band, Dr. Jessica Hebert, Jessica Hebert, music, musician, PDX Broadsides, placenta,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/11/13/pg95-dr-jessica-hebert/
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Oct 9, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Jeri Ellsworth recently launched the Kickstarter for Tilt Five , a mixed-reality headset and game board. Its proprietary approach to augmented reality allows gamers to bring Dungeons & Dragons, racing, pinball, and other games to life, using either symmetrical or asymmetrical gameplay, both locally and online. Having successfully reached its crowdfunding goal of $450,000 in just 17 hours, Tilt Five is on track to ship in the summer of 2020. In this podcast interview, Jeri and I talk about...
Topics: AR,augmented reality,castAR,Jeri Ellsworth,Kickstarter,mixed reality,MR,Tilt 5,Tilt Five, augmented...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/10/09/pg94-jeri-ellsworth/
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Sep 18, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Aurit Lazerus, PsyD , is gamer and board game geek with a private clinical practice in Providence, Rhode Island. She uses playfulness and creativity to help her patients feel more understood, connected, balanced, self-aware, and empowered. In this podcast, we chat about the mental health benefits of video games; what playfulness can look like, and how to incorporate it into one's daily life; how it feels when video games are used to procrastinate; and whether video games can be addictive....
Topics: Aurit Lazerus, clinical, creativity, Dr. Aurit Lazerus, PhD, playfulness, Providence, psychologist,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/09/18/pg93-aurit-lazerus/
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Aug 14, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Bobbi Augustine Sand is the game designer and author of Knife Sisters , a visual novel published by Transcenders Media. In Knife Sisters, players assume the role of Leo, a non-binary twenty-something exploring BDSM relationships and the occult. Players navigate this black-and-white world by choosing who to spend time with, what kink to explore, and how to respond to new situations, all while safely negotiating power exchange and communicating consent. Bobbi and I start this interview by...
Topics: BDSM, Bobbi A Sand, Bobbi Augustine Sand, Bobbi Sand, Darkside, dating sim, dating simulator,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/08/14/pg92-bobbi-sand/
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Jul 10, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Alicia Caillier is a product manager at Harmonix Music Systems, developer of music-rhythm video games such as Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Amplitude, and Frequency. Their most recent release is Dance Central for Oculus, the first virtual-reality entry in the long-running Dance Central series. For the first time, players can go online and explore a virtual dance club, learning moves from the game's pros and tearing up the dance floor with other players. In this podcast, Alicia and I talk about how a...
Topics: Alicia Caillier, Berklee, Dance Central, Harmonix, Harmonix Music Systems, Oculus, product manager,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/07/10/pg91-alicia-caillier/
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Jun 19, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Athena Z Peters is the founder and co-owner of Adventure Pub , a gaming gastropub located in the suburbs of Boston in Arlington, Massachusetts. Friends, families, and strangers can order from a full food and drink menu, borrow from a library of 400 board games, card games, and role-playing games, and even reserve event space for their Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Whether you're looking to try a game before you buy, discover something new, revisit a favorite classic, or enjoy a good meal,...
Topics: Adventure Pub, Arlington, Athena Peters, Athena Z Peters, board games, gaming cafe, gastropub,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/06/19/pg90-athena-peters/
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May 8, 2019 Ken Gagne
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TQ is a Twitch variety streamer and Take This Ambassador. Her channel frequently hosts charity streams in support mental health, children's hospitals, and other non-profits close to her heart. This advocacy recently extended to PAX East, where TQ appeared on the panel " Avoiding Burnout in Creative Professions ", speaking from her experience working 60+ hours a week to maintain her channel and audience. In all her work, she focuses on how our differences as people make us better as a...
Topics: ambassador, dogs, emotional support animals, Patreon, SlyTQ, stream, Take This, Taylor Quinn, TQ,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/05/08/pg89-slytq/
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Mar 31, 2019 Ken Gagne
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The tenth annual PAX East was held last month, and I was honored to host two panels of brilliant speakers. One, "The Return of Couch Play", can be seen and heard on the IndieSider podcast . The other was "The Art of Craft: Inspiring Game Creations", featured on this week's Polygamer podcast. Video games are art — and art imitates video games. The characters, colors, and aesthetics of our favorite digital worlds have spawned an industry of apparel and crafts that keep us...
Topics: Adri, Chris Gonzalez, Dapper Pixel, genericgeekgirl, Gonzo, Inspiring Game Creations, Jo Shaw,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/04/10/pg88-paxcraft/
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Mar 6, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Tifa Robles is the author of The Explorers of Azullucent , a young-adult fantasy novel currently on Kickstarter. Over 16 years in the making, this book features a trio of diverse female protagonists on an epic adventure of discovery. Tifa is no stranger to writing, being a regular contributor to the board game website Tabletop-Test. Her love for gaming continues as co-host GenCon's TableTakes show and as founder and former organizer of the Lady Planeswalker Society, a community for introducing...
Topics: board games, crowdfunding, dyslexia, Explorers of Azullucent, freelance, Kickstarter, TableTakes,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/03/06/pg87-tifa-robles/
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Feb 13, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Geneviève "Eve" Leblanc is the community manager and QA tester for Clever Endeavour Games , developer of Ultimate Chicken Horse, a multiplayer, multiplatform game. UCH's community has grown with the game's original Windows release in 2016, PS4 and Xbox One debut in 2017, and Nintendo Switch port in 2018. Since last year, Eve has fostered this community, engaged with fans and influencers, and brainstormed promotions. In this episode of Polygamer , Eve and I chat about how a community...
Topics: Clever Endeavour Games, community management, community manager, Eve Leblanc, Geneviève Leblanc,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/02/13/pg86-eve-leblanc/
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Jan 9, 2019 Ken Gagne
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Shannon Symonds is a curator at The Museum of Play , home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG). This institution in Rochester, New York, is home to 60,000+ artifacts of gaming history, from rare game consoles, coin-ops, and prototypes to design documents, periodicals, and transcripts. Shannon, who last month was profiled in the book Women in Gaming , recently curated the Women in Games exhibit, showcasing the contributions of generations of women to video...
Topics: curation, curator, exhibit, history, ICHEG, museum, Museum of Play, New York, preservation,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2019/01/09/pg85-shannon-symonds/
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Meagan Marie is the author of Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play , a new hardcover book and e-book featuring interviews with more than a hundred women in the games industry. The book profiles not only luminaries who have created, diversified, and preserved the industry, such as Jennifer Hale, Perrin Kaplan, Sheri Graner Ray , and Shannon Symonds, but also the next generation of leaders, including Bahiyya Khan , Regina Luki Kgatle, and Jenny Xu. Marie researched and wrote Women in Gaming...
Topics: book, Crystal Dynamics, DK, DK US, Dorling Kindersley, hardcopy, hardcover, interviews, Meagan...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/12/05/pg84-meagan_marie/
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Nov 14, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Bahiyya Khan is the developer of after HOURS, a full-motion video (FMV) game about sexual assault and borderline personality disorder (BPD). Presented as an interactive film, after HOURS has received critical acclaim and awards at game conferences around the globe for its innovative storytelling and willingness to tackle difficult subjects. The game has also earned a publishing deal with Humble, which will be releasing the game for Windows in early December 2018. I first saw Bahiyya when she...
Topics: after HOURS, Bahiyya Khan, borderline personality disorder, BPD, Different Games, FMV, Humble,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/11/14/pg83-bahiyya-khan/
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Oct 17, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Stacy and Mari collectively form Geek Remix , a popular YouTube channel in which the two women Let's Play and analyze mainstream and indie video games. They don't stray from terrible or problematic games, acknowledging the challenging aspects of gaming and using them as an opportunity to engage in dialogue about how to make them better. Their channel is designed as a safe space, offering both entertainment and social justice. In this podcast, Ken chats with Mari and Stacy about how they...
Topics: David Cage, Detroit Become Human, Firewatch, Geek Remix, Geekremix, imposter syndrome, Mari, Stacy,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/10/17/pg82-geekremix/
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Sep 26, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Cynthia Lowen is the director and producer of NETIZENS , a documentary that details the proliferation of online harassment faced by women. The film follows feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, attorney Carrie Goldberg, and businesswoman Tina Reine as they fight back against the online harassment that has threatened their careers and livelihoods. Lowen ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for NETIZENS in late 2016 and is now showing the movie on the film festival circuit prior to its general...
Topics: Bully, Carrie Goldberg, crowdfunding, Cynthia Lowen, director, documentary, Kickstarter, Netizens,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/09/26/pg81-cynthia-lowen/
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Aug 15, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Angela O'Hara is a senior artist at Big Viking Games, creators of mobile and social games such as YoWorld and Fish World. At Big Viking Games, O'Hara creates vector art for avatars and accessories that players use to design their virtual world. Many of the games are popular with middle-aged women, and diversity and representation is a core value in the art O'Hara creates for these games. In her spare time, she produces fan art, seeks inspiration from anime and manga, and mentors local aspiring...
Topics: Angela O'Hara, art, Big Viking Games, FellminaGames, Fish World, Flash, Sailor Moon, TMNT, vector...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/08/15/pg80-angela-ohara/
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Abbey Perl is the founder of the Diverse Gaming Coalition , a non-profit organization charged with ending bullying both online and off. Founded in 2016, the Diverse Gaming Coalition provides resources, education, and safe spaces by organizing events and entertainment media. In this episode, I spoke with Abbey about her own experience with bullying and being doxxed; how her non-profit tackles bullying while also being fun; the story behind the group's comic book, Life on the Outside ; the...
Topics: Abbey Perl, Abbey Sager, bullying, Diverse Gaming Coalition, harassment, PAX, PAX East
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/07/11/pg79-abbey-perl/
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Jun 13, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Katie Kaitchuck is the executive director of GaymerX , an LGBT-focused gaming convention. In the past year, the organization became a non-profit, separated from the for-profit MidBoss Games, sent diverse indie developers to GDC, and began planning next year's GaymerX conventions. Amid all this and after only two months as GaymerX's program director, Kaitchuck became executive director in April 2018 and is now charting the future of the organization. In this episode, Kaitchuck and I discuss the...
Topics: executive director, gay, GaymerX, GXEast, Katie Kaitchuck, LGBT, LGBTQ, MidBoss, Pride Month, queer
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/06/13/pg78-katie-kaitchuck/
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May 9, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Harris O'Malley is Dr. NerdLove , a dating coach who gives advice to geeks of all stripes via his blog, podcast, YouTube channel, and column for Kotaku. Aiming to offset the toxic masculinity of The Red Pill and men's rights activists, O'Malley encourages healthy platonic and romantic relationships, with video games being a shared interest in which to connect and remain connected with fellow geeks. In this episode, I chat with Dr. NerdLove about his evolution from pick-up artist to feminist;...
Topics: dating, Dr. NerdLove, Good Men Project, Harris O'Malley, pickup artist, PUA, World of Warcraft
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/05/09/pg77-dr-nerdlove/
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Apr 11, 2018 Ken Gagne
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In four short years, Patreon has enabled thousands of gamers to take their journalism, podcasts, and channels to the next level. It’s proven a popular alternative to the whims of Google’s "adpocalypse"—though Patreon’s had a few bumps of its own along the way. On the PAX East 2018 panel " Gaming Patreon: Building Community for Fun and Profit ", I chatted with three Patreon creators to learn about their crowdfunding strategies, setting effective goals and rewards,...
Topics: I Need Diverse Games, Ian Danskin, Innuendo Studios, Lon Seidman, Patreon, Tanya C DePass, Tanya...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/04/11/pg76-patreon/
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Mar 21, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Queens of Adventure is a comedy-adventure podcast in which four drag queens slay their way through pencil-and-paper role-playing games. Adapted from the live stage show Dungeons & Drag Queens , Queens of Adventure has as its dungeon master Matt Baume, host of the podcast Sewers of Paris , director of documentary Playing with Pride , and returning guest of Polygamer . On this episode, Matt provides an introductory lesson to drag and how it's similar to D&D; how he'll adapt an...
Topics: crowdfunding, D&D, drag, drag queens, Dungeons & Drag Queens, Dungeons & Dragons,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/03/21/pg75-matt-baume/
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Jan 17, 2018 Ken Gagne
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Joseph Bein is the president & creative lead of Out of Sight Games , developer of the audio game A Hero's Call . The studio's first game, A Hero's Call was designed to be accessible by visually impaired gamers, including half of Out of Sight Games, who built their own game engine to ensure the game's accessibility. In this interview, Bein talks about what kinds of games tend to be more accessible to blind gamers; what developers can do to improve their games' accessibility; whether or not...
Topics: A Hero's Call, accessibility, Adriane Kuzminski, blind, IDGA, Joseph Bein, Kickstarter, Out of...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2018/01/17/pg74-joseph-bein/
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Dec 13, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Wally S is a game developer, author, artist, and cosplayer who has written such Twine games as The Leggy Blond and Your Merman Boyfriend. Wally recently made their GaymerX East speaking debut with the presentation " The Great Chasm of Nonbinary Content and How We Can Fill It ", examining not only how far LGBT representation has come in video game narratives, but how much further there is still to go for nonbinary characters, whether gender is even necessary in games, and how our...
Topics: agender, bigender, GaymerX, genderfluid, genderqueer, GXEast, nonbinary, nongender, Twine, Wally S
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/12/13/pg73-wally-s/
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Nov 8, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Nicole Hunter is a freelance writer and a moderator for Black Gamers Revolution . This community Black gamers extends to Twitter, Tumblr, Twitch, and Discord, providing a safe space for Black gamers to share their experiences free of harassment or the wed to educate others. The group regularly plays in online games such as Overwatch, League of Legends, and Destiny 2. In this episode, I chat with Nicole about how she got her start as a freelance writer, how she decides what to publish where, and...
Topics: Black, Black Gamers Revolution, Black Girl Gaming, community, Destiny 2, Discord, freelance, Golf...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/11/08/pg72-nicole-hunter/
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Oct 11, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Susan Arendt is the editor-in-chief of Genii Online , a website that covers magic and deception for magicians and anyone interested in the art and craft of magic. While Genii has existed as a print magazine since 1936, Genii Online's September 2017 launch marked the publication's online debut. It also marked a shift for Susan: after many successful years helming gaming publications such as GamesRadar+ , Joystiq , and The Escapist , Susan is bringing her digital media experience and expertise to...
Topics: cardistry, Continue, deception, Genii, Genii Online, Magic, magicians, podcast, Susan Arendt, Take...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/10/11/pg71-susan-arendt/
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Sep 13, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Kellian Adams Pletcher is the mastermind behind Green Door Labs , which builds location-based, transmedia games for museums and non-profits. Kids and adults alike use smartphones, pencil and paper, and other tools to learn the stories behind art, what life was like on the Oregon Trail, how to use a library, and more. Green Door Labs' experiences leverage existing resources and platforms to make the design of fun, interactive experience accessible to any organization, no matter what the budget....
Topics: gamification, Green Door Labs, Kellian Adams, Kellian Adams Pletcher, LevelUp, museums,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/09/13/pg70-green-door-labs/
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Aug 9, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Tanya DePass is the founder of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit that advocates for diversity in gaming. In addition to offering speaking engagements, GDC scholarships, and diversity programming at events such as GaymerX, Tanya has also hosted Fresh Out of Tokens , a weekly interview-based podcast, in which she interviewed such gaming luminaries as Zoë Quinn, David Gaider, and Jim Sterling. After two years and 95 episodes, Fresh Out of Tokens , went off the air in July 2017. In this episode...
Topics: Fresh Out of Tokens, GenCon, hashtag, I Need Diverse Games, INeedDivGms, OrcaCon, PAX, podcast,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/08/09/pg69-tanya-depass/
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Jul 12, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Katie Hallahan is the chief communications officer, co-founder, game designer, and public relations director for Phoenix Online Studios , a developer and publisher of point-and-click adventure games. The studio began in 2002 when Katie and her fellow directors set out to create an unofficial King's Quest fan game, The Silver Lining, the fifth and final episode of which is releasing this year. Phoenix Online Studios has since partnered with legendary game designer Jane Jensen to release...
Topics: 411mania.com, Activision, Adventure Game Studio, Adventure Games, AGS, Fear the Walking Dead, Game...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/07/12/pg68-katie-hallahan/
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Jun 28, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Sarah LeBoeuf is a freelance writer, editor, and all-around nerd. Her video game reviews, features, and event coverage have appeared on such storied publications as Nerdist, Mashable, Ars Technica, Escapist, Digital Trends, GamesRadar+, and more. Sarah also serves on the board of Take This, a non-profit that addresses mental health issues in the video game industry and community. In this podcast, Sarah has just returned home from the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which she covered...
Topics: Breath of the Wild, E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nerdist, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch, Sarah...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/06/28/pg67-sarah-leboeuf/
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Jun 7, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Wonder Woman has exploded across the silver screen, breaking all records: the first major female superhero film; the first major superhero film directed by a woman; the second $100M-budget film with a female director; and the biggest opening weekend ever for a woman-directed film. Starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman is a box-office blockbuster, a fantastic film, and a milestone for feminists. In this episode of Polygamer , I reunite with Sabriel...
Topics: Chris Pine, comics, DC, DC Comics, Diana Prince, Gal Gadot, movie, movies, Patty Jenkins, S,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/06/07/pg-sq2-wonder-woman/
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The Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota is an archive and research center dedicated to preserving the history of information technology. Instead of physical hardware and software, the CBI preserves the culture and stories of the IT industry, as told by both those who created it and those whom it impacted. Its extensive collection on Social Issues in Computing exemplifies the many challenges that have arisen as the result of the evolution and proliferation of technology,...
Topics: Amanda Wick, archive, Arvid Nelsen, CBI, Charles Babbage Institute, library, Minneapolis, UMN,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/05/24/pg66-charles-babbage-institute/
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May 10, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Kishonna Gray is a visiting scholar at MIT's Comparative Media Studies/Writing department, where she teaches Women & Gender Studies. She comes from Eastern Kentucky University, where she founded the Critical Gaming Lab; and from Arizona State University, where earned her Ph.D. in justice studies. She is the author of Race, Gender, and Deviance in Xbox Live , in which she examines deviant behavior in online gaming. In this episode of Polygamer , I ask Kishonna about the correlation between...
Topics: Arizona State University, ASU, BAMIT, Cambridge, CMSW, Critical Gaming Lab, Eastern Kentucky...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/05/10/pg65-kishonna-gray/
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Apr 26, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Dr. Noah J. Springer recently published his Ph.D. dissertation about reddit, in which he analyzed the cultural practices, technological affordances, hybrid economics, and politics of reddit's public sphere. During the course of Springer's research, GamerGate erupted, bringing into existence the subreddits of Kotaku In Action and GamerGhazi, affording Springer the opportunity to witness the emergence and evolution of these publics and counterpublics. In this episode of Polygamer , I speak with...
Topics: dissertation, GamerGate, GamerGhazi, KiA, Kotaku In Action, Noah J. Springer, Noah Springer, Ph.D.,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/04/26/pg64-noah-springer/
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Apr 12, 2017 Ken Gagne
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This week's Polygamer podcast is the audio from the PAX East panel " +1 to Journalism: Becoming a Better Writer ", held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, 4:00–5:00 PM in Bobcat Theatre. What do you need to know to make it as a games journalist? What pitches do editors love to get, and what tropes have been done to death? Whether you’re helping consumers make informed purchasing decisions, unearthing the history of a franchise, or critiquing video games as art, you have to convey a lot of...
Topics: +1 to Journalism, Alexander Sliwinski, editing, editors, Jonathan Holmes, journalism, PAX, PAX...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/04/12/pg63-paxjourno2017/
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Mar 15, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Sabriel Mastin is the head of social media and support for Overbuff , a stats-tracking website for Overwatch, the popular first-person shooter from Warcraft developer Blizzard. When not competing in competitive multiplayer matches as Tracer or Ana, Sabriel is engaging with fans on Facebook and Twitter, congratulating them on their gameplay and helping them track their improvement using Overbuff. Sabriel is also a frequent panelist at PAX East, where she advocates for diversity and LGBT...
Topics: Activision, Activision Blizzard, Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment, BlizzCon, e-sports, esports,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/03/15/pg62-sabriel_mastin/
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Mar 1, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Jonathan Holmes is the former editor-in-chief of Destructoid and a frequent contributor to that site as well as many others, including Nintendo Force and A Profound Waste of Time . He is also a voice actor and a frequent speaker and panelist at video game conventions. Next week, he and I will be appearing on the PAX East 2017 panel " +1 to Journalism ". In advance of that event, this week Jonathan and I discuss the spat that YouTube celebrity PewDiePie is having with the Wall Street...
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Feb 15, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Kungfufruitcup is a variety streamer and speedrunner. In her live Twitch stream, she races to finish video games as quickly as possible, mastering a game's precise timing and patterns — and the occasional glitch — to break all records. She is also a regular attendee and commentator at Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), the biannual speedrun charity marathon; and is co-captain of Girls On Fire, an all-women speedrun team on Twitch. In this episode, Ken and Fufu discuss how to get under the...
Topics: AGDQ, Awesome Games Done Quick, Girls On Fire, glitch, Kirby 64, Kungfufruitcup, marathon,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/02/15/pg60-kungfufruitcup/
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Jan 25, 2017 Ken Gagne
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EMiSpicer is a video game culture photographer who travels the world capturing gaming events and moments. From GaymerX in New York and California to Fantastic Arcade in Texas and Blip Festival in Japan, EMiSpicer has documented conventions, conferences, festivals, and competitions with her artistic photography. When not moving, she's at home as the social media manager for MidBoss Games, developer of 2064: Read Only Memories. In this interview, I asked EMiSpicer how she evokes the spirit of...
Topics: 2064, chiptune, culture, EMiSpicer, MidBoss, photographer, photography, pop culture, Read Only...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/01/25/pg59-emispicer/
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Jan 11, 2017 Ken Gagne
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Matt Baume is the writer and storyteller behind the book Defining Marriage and the audio podcast Sewers of Paris , in which he interviews members of the gay community about their experiences and relationships with marriage and entertainment media. His latest ambition is Playing With Pride , a video project in which he and partner James Morris share the stories of attendees of GaymerX, an annual video game convention for the LGBT+ community. Featuring interviews with Sabriel Mastin, Susan...
Topics: Defining Marriage, documentary, James Morris, Matt Baume, Playing With Pride, Sewers of Paris,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2017/01/11/pg58-matt-baume/
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Dec 14, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Natalie Juhasz is the co-founder and creative lead of indie game studio ReVenture Games . After producing several successful point-and-click adventure games in the Lorna Bains franchise, Juhasz and co-founder Marcus Seyer have launched an Indiegogo campaign for their first commercial title: Lorna Bains in 'For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls' . As part of their exploration of narrative, the studio also recently attended narrative games convention AdventureX, where Juhasz attended several panels...
Topics: Adventure Game Studio, Adventure Games, AGS, crowdfunding, For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls, Lorna...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/12/14/pg57-natalie-juhasz/
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Nov 23, 2016 Ken Gagne
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GaymerX, the world's only annual video game and geek culture convention for the LGBT+ community and its allies, has arrived on the East Coast! After four successful events in California and one in Australia, the first GaymerX East was held in New York City the weekend of November 11–13. I attended GXE, as did many other Polygamer alumni. I invited three of them to participate in a panel about their work in gaming diversity, how they stay inspired and motivated, and how they define success....
Topic: Francesca Carletto-Leon, GaymerX, GaymerX East, GXE, Khadeja Merenkov, Matt Conn, New York City, NYC
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/11/23/pg56-gaymerx-east/
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Nov 9, 2016 Ken Gagne
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SeriouslyClara is a Twitch content creator who focuses on indie games. After being "tricked" into streaming by a friend, she came to love the community and the support they offered her in response to her honesty and authenticity. She now streams to her channel's 22,000 subscribers several times a week, where she plays indie titles and promotes mental health awareness and body positivity. She recently spoke on the PAX West 2016 panel " So You Think Twitch Isn't For You? Guess...
Topic: childfree, Clara, indie, introvert, livestream, Owlboy, Sandbox Strategies, SeriouslyClara, stream,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/11/09/pg55-seriouslyclara/
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Oct 26, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Amy Allison of the Vice President on the Executive Board of Women in Games International (WIGI), an organization that promotes the inclusion and advancement of women in the global games industry. In collaboration with the Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles, Allison recently pioneered the introduction of a video games patch, offering young women hands-on lessons in video game development and design over the course of two workshops held this fall at Sony Santa Monica. In this interview, Amy Allison...
Topics: Amy Allison, badge, Brownie, California, Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles, Girl Scouts...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/10/26/pg54-amy-allison/
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Oct 12, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Ian Danskin is a freelance animator, writer, video editor, and visual essayist. His YouTube channel, Innuendo Studios , hosts a dozen videos analyzing aspects of gaming culture and media, including how fame manifests itself in the gaming industry, using Phil Fish of Fez as a case study; the evolution and manifestations of Sonic the Hedgehog; and how GamerGate exploited angry gamers to launch a harassment campaign. In this interview, Ian and I nearly come to blows over who made the better...
Topics: Adobe Premiere Pro, Angry Jack, Donald Trump, FCP7, FCPX, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/10/12/pg53-ian-danskin/
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Sep 28, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Tristan D. Lalla is a star of stage, screen, and game. His video game voice-acting portfolio includes Far Cry 2, Deus Ex Human Evolution, Rainbow Six: Siege — and, most notably, the slave-turned-pirate Adéwale in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and its sequels and DLC. But both Tristan and Adéwale had to grow into their roles: Tristan overcome both a speech disorder and shyness to become an actor, and Adéwale was originally from Martinique until Tristan invested his Trinidadian heritage...
Topics: acting, actor, Adéwale, Assassin's Creed, Black Flag, Freedom Cry, Montreal, representation,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/09/28/pg52-tristan-lalla/
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Sep 14, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Ben Chicka is the co-host of TheoNerd , a podcast about theology, philosophy, faith, and ethics. Encouraged by the reception of his PAX East 2015 panel "The Science of Online Bullying: A Lesson in Diversity", Ben and fellow panelist Andrew Tripp founded the podcast to examine connections and correlations between theological concepts and pop culture. Ben attended PAX East 2016 and produced a series of audio interviews with such gaming luminaries as Susan Arendt, Patrick Klepek, Justin...
Topics: Ben Chicka, Benjamin Chicka, philosophy, religion, theology, TheoNerd
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/09/14/pg51-ben-chicka/
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The Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation (IFTF) is a new non-profit charged with supporting the tools, infrastructure, and legal needs of the interactive fiction community. Also known as text adventures, interactive fiction is one of digital entertainment's oldest storytelling media, and one that is enjoying a renewed interest, thanks to the annual competition IFComp and the IF Archive database, both of which the IFTF now supports. In this week's episode, I speak with Chris Klimas,...
Topics: Chris Klimas, development, game design, GET LAMP, IF, IF Archive, IFComp, IFTF, IFTFoundation,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/08/24/pg50-iftfoundation/
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Aug 10, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Serenity Caldwell is the managing editor at iMore, a features and reviews site for all things Apple. As part of her mission to help Apple users get the most from their iPhones, Serenity has penned a definitive series of articles for playing Pokémon GO, the mobile game that launched on June 6 and has since amassed more users than Twitter and higher engagement than Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and Tinder. In this episode of Polygamer , Serenity and I theorize why Pokémon GO is so...
Topics: Apple, Artoo Detoonate, Computerworld, IDG, iMore, iOS, iPhone, Macworld, Mobile Nations, Niantic,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/08/10/pg49-serenity-caldwell/
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Aug 3, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Star Trek Beyond has hit theaters, and it's astounding. Featuring a script that balances character development with jaw-dropping action from a diverse cast that includes the villain Krall, the alien heroine Jaylah, and respectful nods to Star Trek Enterprise and The Original Series , this third film in the franchise's rebooted 'Kelvin' universe corrects all the missteps in its predecessor, Star Trek Into Darkness . It may not be a video game, but this movie needs a dedicated podcast episode —...
Topics: Bones, CBS, Chekhov, Discovery, Gene Roddenberry, Jaylah, Kelvin, Kirk, McCoy, Paramount, Prime,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/08/03/pg-sq1-star-trek-beyond/?utm_source=plyg.me&utm_medium=yourls
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Jul 27, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Gillian Smith is a professor of Art+Design and Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston. Her field of study is procedural content generation, in which aspects of a game — the world, its inhabitants, individual levels — are created on-the-fly. The resulting output, rather than being completely random, follows a predefined set of rules that results in a world that conforms to its designer's vision, even if the exact manifestation is unexpected. In her essay " A proceduralist...
Topics: BrowserQuest, Gillian Smith, Passage, procedural content, procedural content generation, procedural...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/07/27/pg48-gillian-smith/
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Christian Donlan is a prolific writer, having contributed to Edge magazine, co-founded gaming site Hookshot, and co-created the animated children's show Everybody Loves a Moose . After four years of freelancing for Eurogamer.net , he joined the staff as associate editor. His portfolio for that site exceeds 800 articles that demonstrate his passion for gaming as an art form. In early 2014, Christian woke up to tingling in his fingers and toes. Several visits to the neurologist produced a...
Topics: Christian Donlan, Edge, Eurogamer, Eurogamer.net, Everybody Loves a Moose, Hookshot, MS, multiple...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/07/22/pg26-christian-donlan/
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Jul 13, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Mike Robles, social media manager for mental health non-profit Take This, is an industry veteran with many prominent studios on his résumé: including Microsoft, Wizards of the Coast, and Lone Shark Games. He helped build and support the Killer Instinct community when Rare's fighting game debuted on the Xbox One, and he's an frequent attendee at the Evolution World Championship Series, occurring this weekend in Las Vegas. Mike is also involved in the Magic: The Gathering community, helping...
Topics: Avalon Hill, Betrayal at House on the Hill, board games, Evo, Killer Instinct, Lady Planeswalker...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/07/13/pg47-mike-robles/
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Jun 22, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Tatjana Vejnovic is a writer, editor, student, panelist, and former retailer. Her PAX East panel series on why it's really rad being a woman in the games industry has run for three consecutive years, highlighting the strengths and opportunities available to women in a traditionally male-dominated business. When not on stage, she writes for video game website The Koalition , having previously written for several other websites, including one that provided an inside look at retailer GameStop from...
Topics: 9/11, Ask Tatjana, feminism, GameStop, Jelly Tali & Associates LLC, Koalition, panel, PAX East,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/06/22/pg46-tatjana-vejnovic/
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Jun 8, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Every year, PAX East , the biggest video game convention on the East Coast, hosts a panel about breaking into games journalism. Editors from multiple outlets have advised aspiring writers how to pitch a feature story or self-publish — but rarely have they said what happens next. Once you've established a reputation as a talented and reliable writer, what's it like to actually make a career of games journalism? To explore this question, I assembled and moderated the PAX East 2016 panel "...
Topics: Alexa Ray Corriea, Bobcat, Destructoid, Gameranx, GameSpot, GamesRadar, Holly Green, journalism,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/06/08/pg45-paxjourno/
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May 25, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Stephen Duetzmann is the editor-in-chief of Engaged Family Gaming , a website by and for parents to help identify games appropriate for the entire family. Games are a powerful medium for teaching logic, leadership, and empathy — but it takes research and investment to choose the right games. The ESRB ratings are a good first step, but knowing what games your kids are playing and how to participate in their gameplay can turn gaming from a passive, solitary pastime to an active, shared one. In...
Topics: children, Disney Infinity, EFG, Engaged Family Gaming, Knights of Badassdom, LARP, LARPing,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/05/25/pg44-stephen-duetzmann/
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May 11, 2016 Ken Gagne
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The Engagement Lab at Emerson College is an applied research lab in Boston, Massachusetts, dedicated to innovating the ways people participate in civic life and expanding the study of citizenship in a digital era. By working with city and state governments and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Engagement Lab collaborates with partners both locally and globally to develop software that addresses systemic, cultural, and health issues, from global warming to hand-washing. In...
Topics: AbleGamers, academia, Boston, civic engagement, development, digital culture, education, elab,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/05/11/pg43-engagement-lab/
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Apr 27, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Tifa Robles is the founder of the Lady Planeswalkers Society , which aims to create welcoming, friendly environments for women (and everyone) to learn Magic: The Gathering. Since its founding in 2011, the group has grown and now has branches in cities around the globe. In this episode, Tifa and I discuss how the Magic: The Gathering scene has changed in the last five years and what the LPS has done to address issues of harassment; how players can create diverse, safe play spaces, including...
Topics: CCG, family, Lady Planeswalker Society, LPS, Magic, Magic the Gathering, miscarriage, pregnancy,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/04/27/pg42-tifa-robles/
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Apr 22, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Sarah Como is the Chief Operating Officer of Zephyr Workshop, developer of tabletop game A.E.G.I.S. and computer game Flora Fiora. Zephyr was born amidst Sarah's recent education in the game design program at Becker College, which landed her on the PAX East panel "Full-Time Student, Part-Time Indie", in which she discussed juggling these dual roles. Since graduation, Sarah has become active in all aspects of Boston's indie game scene, including working as PR manager for the Boston...
Topics: AEGIS, Becker College, Boston, BostonFIG, Flora Fiora, Massachusetts, MassDIGI, Sarah Como,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/04/22/pg20-sarah-como/
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Apr 13, 2016 Ken Gagne
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The Code Liberation Foundation is a New York City-based non-profit that offers free game programming workshops to those who identify as women. The organization was founded in 2013 by Catt Small, Kay, Jane Friedhoff, Nina Freeman, Phoenix Perry, and Kaira Villanueva, seeking to change the female-to-male ratio in video game development. By creating a safe space free of the pressures often found in a mixed-gender environment, the CLF provides students the opportunities to develop their skills and...
Topics: Adelle Lin, CLF, Code Liberation Foundation, development, education, New York, New York City, NYC,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/04/13/pg41-code-liberation-foundation/
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Mar 23, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Chachi Bobinks is the co-host of The Dialogue Wheel , a fan podcast dedicated to Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and all things BioWare — including diversity! Fittingly, Chachi wears multiple hats herself: podcaster, feminist, PAX Enforcer, parent, and cat lady. How she juggles it all is anyone's guess. In this rollicking hour of hilarity, Ken fires a series of difficult questions at Chachi: What makes BioWare so special that they get their own fan podcast? What's your favorite BioWare game? How...
Topics: BioWare, Chachi Bobinks, Dialogue Wheel, Dragon Age, Enforcer, feminism, GamerGate, Hooters,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/03/23/pg40-chachi-bobinks/
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Feb 10, 2016 Ken Gagne
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SpecialEffect is a UK-based organization that uses technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities by providing them with access to video games. Whether a gamer's challenge arises from a congenital birth issues, car accident, stroke, or war wound, SpecialEffect adapts video game hardware to make games more accessible, all at no cost to the client. In this week's podcast, SpecialEffect communications officer Mark Saville discusses the variety of approaches that the...
Topics: AbleGamers, ableism, accessibility, disabilities, disability, GameBlast, GameBlast16, Mark Saville,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/02/10/pg39-specialeffect/
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Jan 27, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Ashe Dryden is the creator of AlterConf, a traveling conference series of marginalized voices from the tech and gaming industries. Since its founding in 2014, AlterConf has been held at a dozen cities throughout the United States and Canada, hosting talks and panels that go beyond Diversity 101. And in 2016, AlterConf will expand internationally, with events in South Africa, France, India, Australia, Germany, and more. In this podcast, Ashe discusses how AlterConf will address global issues of...
Topics: AlterConf, Ashe Dryden, CoC, Code of Conduct, conference, convention, crowdfunding, Fund Club, The...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/01/27/pg38-ashe-dryden/
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Jan 13, 2016 Ken Gagne
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Carolyn VanEseltine is an accomplished game designer and developer, having worked at such studios as Harmonix and Giant Spacekat. Her recent presentation at Google, " Everyone can make games now ", underscores her belief that the freedom to make games is a basic human right, and that games should open and accessible to all as a medium of artistic expression. But what does it mean to be a game designer? Does one need to know how to program, or is that the province of game developers?...
Topics: Carolyn VanEseltine, Choice of Games, development, game design, game jam, gamejam, Giant Spacekat,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2016/01/13/pg37-carolyn-vaneseltine/
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Dec 23, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Steven H. Garcia is an artist of gay erotica, especially of the pinup variety. His models are characters from throughout geek fandom, including movies, comics, and video games. His 2016 wall calendar showcase popular icons such as Superman and Batman, Ash from Pokémon, Street Fighter's Ken and Ryu, Spider-Man and Deadpool, Harry Potter, and more. When not creating art, Steven is the co-host of the Gayme On video game podcast. Steven recently exhibited at GX3, the third annual GaymerX...
Topics: art, artist, calendar, erotica, gay erotica, GaymerX, GX3, Northwest Comics, Prism Comics, Steven...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/12/23/pg36-steven-h-garcia/
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Dec 9, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Take This is a non-profit charity that promotes awareness and education of mental health issues through outreach to gamers. Its "AFK Rooms" have become a staple of PAX East, West, South, and Australia, and its holiday stream gives gamers a community to help them through a challenging time of year. Soon, the organization will offer a scholarship to help those gamers who need financial assistance toward mental health counseling. It's been a year since Take This co-founders Susan Arendt...
Topics: AFK Room, anxiety, charity, depression, documentary, fundraiser, Life Is Strange, Mark Kline,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/12/09/pg35-susan-arendt/
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Nov 25, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Taylor Davis is a renowned violinist whose video game, movie, and anime covers have earned her a loyal following. On YouTube, where she has over a million subscribers, her music videos employ stunning backdrops and intricate costumes inspired by the pop culture from which she draws her many tunes. Taylor has released six albums, including a Christmas album and, most recently, a self-titled album of original music. Her music can also be heard in rock band Critical Hit's first album, as well as...
Topics: album, Critical Hit, licensing, monetization, music, musician, Patreon, soundtrack, Taylor Davis,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/11/25/pg34-taylor-davis/
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Francesca Carletto-Leon is the founder of the Diversity in Games club at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts. Currently a senior majoring in Interactive Media & Game Design (IMGD) and Professional Writing (PW), Francesca has been an activist and advocate for awareness and understanding of gender and race in games and gaming community among undergraduates. She recently returned from Japan, where she and her team developed the game Chinmoku for academic credit. In this...
Topics: academia, Chinmoku, DIG, Diversity in Gaming, education, Francesca Carletto-Leon, IMGD, Japan,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/11/11/pg33-francesca-carletto-leon/
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Oct 28, 2015 Ken Gagne
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Matt Conn is the CEO of MidBoss, the studio behind Read Only Memories , a point-and-click adventure game featuring a diverse cast of characters. It is the first game from the same studio that produces the annual GaymerX (GX3) convention and the documentary Gaming in Color . In this interview (originally recorded for the IndieSider podcast), Matt and Ken discuss why MidBoss chose the first-person adventure genre as a vehicle for social justice; who the game's target audience is and what the...
Topics: adventure, Kickstarter, LGBT, Matt Conn, MidBoss, point and click, Read Only Memories, ROM,...
Source: https://www.polygamer.net/2015/10/28/pg32-matt-conn/